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The ACWS has been named #17 of the top reenactment groups in the country by Recollections Blog, and not just Civil war reenactment groups. Shown above is a group picture of ACWS participants taken at the Orange Empire Railroad Museum at the event in May of 2016. Please click on the image for a larger view.

The ACWS is the largest and safest Civil War reenacting associations in Southern California, boasting an annual membership, by year-end, of about 400 plus re-enactors and civilians. We are a family oriented organization dedicated to educating the public through both military and civilian impression. In addition to our military and civilian impressions, we have re-enactors who portray Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, and General Robert E. Lee.

Our military roganization is divided into two divisions: one Union and one Confederate. Each
division is composed of three brigades- the infantry, artillery, mounted and dismounted
cavalry brigades. We boast such units as the 71st Pennsylvania (First California Regiment),
the 7th Wisconsin (Iron Brigade), the 4th US Battery B Artillery, the 8th Illinois Volunteer
Cavalry, the 5th US Battery Battery D Artillery, the 2nd Kentucky Dismounted Cavalry,
McGowans Brigade of Sharpshooters 1st CO., the Louisiana Special Battalion, Company B,
"Wheat's Tigers" the 8th Louisiana Infantry, the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, and
the Sussex Light Dragoons to name a few.

The ACWS Civilian Corps is one of the finest organizations on the West Coast. Our town of "Remembrance" is inhabited by civilian reenactors and their households and townspeople displaying period crafts and trades. Our events at reenactments include a fashion show, a civilian tea, programs for children, a cadet corps, a young ladies finishing school, a brass band, a fully operational field hospital, church services, and much more. Each Saturday evening at an event we have a dance with the Occasional Strings playing and Tom Atkins calling the dance. At one event each year we even have a period base ball game.